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Drivers Warned To Tread Carefully This April - News

  • Millions of motorists could face fines of up to £10,000, and even losing their licence due to poor tyre conditions
  • One quarter of all collisions where a vehicle defect has been reported involved illegal, defective or underinflated tyres
  • With potential April Showers round the corner, track day specialist issues top tips to help drivers ensure their tyres are safe enough for the UK roads

Drivers have been warned that even though the days are now getting brighter with the arrival of Springtime, it does not mean that the roads are any safer, with April traditionally bringing in more unsettled and unpredictable weather patterns.

With the quick changing weather, comes a further need for motorists to be aware of their tyres' conditions and Dan Jones, Operations Manager at TrackDays.co.uk, warns that motorists could face hefty fines, reaching £10,000, as well as potentially losing their licence, if their tyres are found to be in a dangerous and illegal state.

Jones has also highlighted that in the latest Department for Transport (DfT) road casualty report, nearly 25% of collisions where a vehicle defect was reported involved tyres which were either illegal, defective or underinflated.

The data could mean that nearly 9.8 million motorists are potentially at risk of severe financial penalties if they do not keep a regular eye on the condition of their tyres.

Dan says: "Drivers shouldn't take for granted that as we start to move into spring, we should take our eyes off the state of our tyres."

"In the same report published by the DfT, 22% of collisions were on wet or damp roads, and we all know that April showers can come when least expected."

Here at TrackDays.co.uk, we help oversee a host of driving experiences across the country, including driving supercars at top speeds around tracks, and the tyre conditions are constantly monitored to ensure everyone on track at the venues are safe.

Dan has provided three quick tips which motorists can do to check their tyres are in a safe condition:

  1. "When looking at your tyres, there is first of all the 20p trick: if you pop a 20p coin into your tyres' tread and cannot see the outer band of the coin then your tyre depth is road worthy."
  2. "Check for cuts, bulges and tears because if they're over 25 millimetres long or cover 10% of the tyre's section width, then they're also deemed to be unsafe."
  3. "Ensure that the PSI of your tyres are at the correct levels, most cars have this information on the inside of the driver's door. The PSI can be checked at an air pressure machine which is available at most petrol stations."

Visit our Driving Lessons page today on the TrackDays website to browse and book Gift Vouchers for our Safer Driving Course which includes helping educate motorists on how best to drive in various challenging weather conditions.

Drivers Warned To Tread Carefully This April
11 April 2023
Trackdays

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